SCENE: Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni,
Engineering degrees, not jobs
It is supposed to be a dream project that will help graduate engineers (most of them experienced professionals) take up postgraduate courses and research projects in advanced manufacturing and material science using the latest technology.
Punjab Technical University signed this Rs 5-crore project on July 8 with UK’s billionaire steel magnate, Lord Swaraj Paul. The agreement is for setting up a PTU-Swaraj Paul School of Excellence in Manufacturing and Material Science at the university site on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road close to Pushpa Gujral Science City.
Being taken as an image-makeover by the PTU, this will be the second of the university’s five schools of excellence on the lines of the School of Excellence for Total Quality Management (TQM) and Entrepreneurship, running at Mohali for almost two years now. The new school is likely to be ready in almost two years.
The project was finalised during the last visit of Lord Swaraj Paul in March, but the MoU was signed now. In March, the PTU had invited applications from private companies for opening such a school in partnership with it. Lord Swaraj Paul, owner of a billion-dollar steel industry in London and originally from Jalandhar, agreed to give Rs 5 crore for the project, as he said it was his way of paying back what Punjab had given him.
Dr S. K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, said Lord Swaraj Paul would bring top-notch faculty from the UK for setting up the required infrastructure for introducing latest applications like laser drilling, plasma welding and inert gas welding.
Other applications that are likely to be introduced are steel making, alloy manufacturing, super alloy manufacturing, heat treatments, forging, making of robot and other intelligent machinery and manufacturing of rolling mills.
Dr M. S. Grewal, Registrar, said even though the governing council was yet to give an exact shape to the course, it was clear that it would be for different durations and levels. He said 35 to 40 students were likely to be taken in the first batch.
The PTU is now looking for a partner for setting up its third School of Excellence in Bio-technological Applications and Bio-informatics, which is most likely to come up in Mohali. The VC said talks were still on with three to four applicants, but no final decision had been reached. The two other schools of excellence are those on product design and automation, and media and mass communication.
Laser drilling is a process of “drilling” a hole in a material using a laser beam for high precision results in a variety of metal and alloy substrates. The technique finds applications in making apertures for optical instruments, aeronautical components, medical instruments and defence equipment.
Inert gas welding is technique of joining metals and other material in an inert atmosphere where oxygen levels are kept low and other gases like helium and argon are puffed. Oxygen can interfere with the molten metals and ruin the weld as well as the product, but inert gases do not interfere with the process and help in generating a highly pure product with a better quality. The technique is used for high-quality welding on stainless steel; aluminium and its alloys, copper; nickel alloys and rare material such as titanium and zirconium.
Plasma welding is used where deep, narrow welds are needed and where the focus is on thermal distortion and welding speed. Plasma is ionised gas at very high temperatures (30,000°C). It is generated by sending a jet of gas through an electric arc. Plasma welding is only done on automatic machines.
The university has declared the results of B.Sc. (horticulture ) and B.Sc (forestry) entrance test conducted for the current session. The Registrar, Mr P. S. Chauhan, said 34 students for the B.Sc four-year course in horticulture and nine for the B.Sc. (forestry) course have been selected. "They are to report at the Registrar’s office on July 15 between 10 am and 4 pm. Those who fail to report at the scheduled time and further won’t deposit their fee on time would not be considered for admission. The candidates whose names are on the waiting list would be considered for admission on July 16," said the Registrar.
DA merger welcomed
The employees welcomed the merger of 5 per cent D.A. with the basic pay w.e.f April 1, 2004. A nofication in this regard was also issued by the university. The payment for June paid in July would be paid in cash, while the arrears w.e.f April 1, 2004, to May 31, 2005, would be released after the receipt of additional grant from the state government/ICAR.
Biological control of gladiolus
The Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, in collaboration with the National Horticulture Board, organised a two-day training programme on Biological Control of Gladiolus Wilt for the farmers of the state. Nearly 32 participants attended the programme. The scientists laid stress on adopting biological measures for gladiolus wilting, instead of using insecticides and pesticides. This, besides being eco-friendly, also helps farmers reduce the cost involved in its production. A better quality is also assured by the use of biological measures for the control of wilt.
Pesticide residues discussed
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jagmohan Singh, inaugurated a two-day All-India Coordinated Network Project’s annual workshop on Pesticide Residues of Crops. He exhorted the scientists to examine the presence of residues in horticulture produce in view of the increasing occurrences of chronic diseases due to the presence or residues. He said it was important to educate the producers and consumers about its impact.
He stressed the need for strengthening the farmer-scientist network to provide proper guidance for dealing with this problem. He lauded the efforts of the university-based centre for their work in this field. The workshop was attended by Dr O. P. Dubey, ADG Oil Seeds and Pulses, ICAR; Ashish Bahuguna, Joint Secretary, Plant Protection, Agriculture Ministry, Government of India; Dr R. P Rajendran, ADG, ICAR, and other scientists from all over the country.
Dr S. S. Khanna, former Adviser, Planning (agriculture), and former VC, Faizabad University of Agriculture Sciences, delivered a talk on Integrated Plant Nutrition Management on the campus and interacted with the VC, Dr Jagmohan Singh, and other scientists. He said of the 42 million tons of waste being added annually by all cities in the country, as much as 50-60 per cent comprises degradable waste. This he stressed could be used for making compost. He advised the scientists to work seriously for protecting the environment, which was a global concern. The areas like soil health were also of prime concern, he added.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Rohru, organised a training camp on vermin-compost at Rohru and demonstrated it on a plot. Attended by 50 farmers, camp saw the scientists later answering production-related queries from the farmers.
KVK, Kandhaghat, organised its first meeting of the scientific advisory committee under the chairmanship of the VC. In this meeting, the training and demonstration chart for the next year was discussed. The VC advised the scientists to organise training camps as per the schedule and farmers’ demand. He said it was imperative to transfer farm technology from the laboratory to the farm.
Engineering degrees, not jobs The mushrooming of engineering colleges in Haryana in recent years may be considered an indicator of the state’s development, but questions still hang over the quality of this technical education. Nearly 2,000 seats in various engineering colleges in the state remained vacant last year. Till the late 1990s, so great was the craze for an engineering degree that, in many cases, students who could not clear the engineering entrance test here, were sent to Karnataka or Maharashtra to get the degree from non-descript engineering colleges to which the parents would donate a hefty sum. However, the situation has changed with the coming up of a number of engineering colleges in the state. Thanks to this “boom”, average students from the non-medical stream in senior secondary schools now easily get a place in any of these colleges. No one has any clue to who will hire these students after they graduate. Although some of these fresh engineering graduates are able to get teaching jobs in engineering colleges, even this sector is nearing the saturation point. Moreover, a considerable number of students forfeit their seats, which puts a big question-mark on the quality of technical education in these colleges. Apparently, the decision to grant sanction to new engineering colleges was the result of the myopic vision of the authorities concerned, especially in this era of shrinking job opportunities. The need of the day is to ensure quality education in these institutes and create more jobs for future engineers. The budding engineers should also develop an entrepreneurial approach instead of running after “secure” jobs.
The mushrooming of engineering colleges in Haryana in recent years may be considered an indicator of the state’s development, but questions still hang over the quality of this technical education. Nearly 2,000 seats in various engineering colleges in the state remained vacant last year.
Till the late 1990s, so great was the craze for an engineering degree that, in many cases, students who could not clear the engineering entrance test here, were sent to Karnataka or Maharashtra to get the degree from non-descript engineering colleges to which the parents would donate a hefty sum. However, the situation has changed with the coming up of a number of engineering colleges in the state. Thanks to this “boom”, average students from the non-medical stream in senior secondary schools now easily get a place in any of these colleges. No one has any clue to who will hire these students after they graduate.
Although some of these fresh engineering graduates are able to get teaching jobs in engineering colleges, even this sector is nearing the saturation point. Moreover, a considerable number of students forfeit their seats, which puts a big question-mark on the quality of technical education in these colleges. Apparently, the decision to grant sanction to new engineering colleges was the result of the myopic vision of the authorities concerned, especially in this era of shrinking job opportunities.
The need of the day is to ensure quality education in these institutes and create more jobs for future engineers. The budding engineers should also develop an entrepreneurial approach instead of running after “secure” jobs.
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